About MAPT


APT Member Benefits

Are you fully utilizing your APT membership? When you renew your memberships, you gain automatic access to these benefits:

  1. Information and news - Play Therapy magazine (quarterly)
  2. Information - International Journal of Play Therapy (quarterly)
  3. News - APT Member Flash (weekly)
  4. Discounts - Reduced fees for annual conference and RPT/S credentials
  5. Peer access - Free Community Practitioner and General Listserves
  6. Payment Credits - Earn APT Bucks by sponsoring new members and reduce your APT dues and fee payments
  7. Participation - Serve on APT and Branch committees and boards

If you wish to review your benefits in detail, call Pam Bradshaw, (559) 294-2128, ext 2. Thank you for your rock solid membership support. Increasing your value in the marketplace is job one!

MAPT History

After numerous conversations among peers and colleagues, some of them stretching back to the mid-1980's, the Missouri Association for Play Therapy (MAPT) was chartered as a member of the national Association for Play Therapy (APT) on May 1, 1993.

Play therapist Kathryn Boone wrote the very first bylaws for MAPT, and continues to serve as a role model for play therapists around the state. An award, the "Kathryn Boone Outstanding Play Therapist Award" for work in a private or agency setting, is named in her honor.

Since 1993, MAPT has continued to grow, both in the number of members, but also the number of services available to those members. A major achievement in the history of MAPT happened in April of 2008, when the organization was awarded a national provider certification for continuing education for play therapists (AP Number: 08-223).

MAPT now offers conferences and workshops statewide for play therapists wishing to receive some of the best training in the nation in play therapy.

Members of MAPT serve as school counselors, operate in private practices, and serve is Registered Play Therapists (RPT) or Registered Play Therapist Supervisors (RPT-S) in academic, institutional, public, and private settings. Their commitment to providing service to children and adolescents is second to none, and a big reason that Missouri is one of the leaders in the nation in providing these services to citizens.

To become a member of MAPT right now, click here.